When discussing the power others may have over an individual, most often think of poltical figures, law enforcement, and lawmakers. These individuals have power over the populace for the most part due to their responsibility to protect and provide for the nations in which they rule over. All leadership requires a level of responsibility. The larger issue with power is that many do not act responsibly with such power. The most prominent example of abuse of power that I’ve experrienced over the years is that of the employer/employee relationship.
From both personal experience and the endless amounts of experience with employers, one would realize that many of the employers an individual may encounter will often use their position against any employee they fall out of favor with. The average employee may see themselves in trouble with said employer because they believe that the employer has a false sense of power over them. This blog post is meant to tell the reader that THIS IS NOT TRUE. The only power the employer has over an employee of any company is the power the employee allows them to have. If you’re an employee with a manager, supervisor, or company owner with a mean streak, you most likely bent over backwards trying to please that employer only to find out that all of your hard work never got you anywhere. In fact, you were probably the first person they fired, demoted, or gave all the worst tasks to. In the end, your struggle didn’t get you on the boss’s good side at all. On top of that, you lost your self respect.
An employer with a direspectful attitude towards their employees is most likely going to make one’s life worse if the employee continues to think in terms of employers having power over them due to position. In reality, the only reason an employer has any power over an employee is because the employee is dependent upon the income to fulfill their preferred lifestyle needs. The income usually suppliments all their choices both good and bad. They live from paycheck to paycheck never thinking past next week’s paycheck so they can go to the bar with their friends or suppliment their hobby of choice. The best way to break any employer’s power over you is to think long term. There’s several strategies to removing an employer’s power over you individually, but for the purposes of this blog, the most basic rules of removing an employer’s power over you will be the topic of discussion.
Live Below Your Means
Many economists and others in general who understand money management tend to tell people to live within their means when it comes to spending and saving. This is entirely the wrong approach for one good reason. You end up breaking the bank when you live within your means because you will not have extra money to put away. For the best results, one must learn to live below their means. If you can get the most for the least amount of money, do so. Buying the new car may impress your friends, but even if you can afford it, you’re still going to be breaking the bank trying to impress the people who previously didn’t care about you when you could’ve gotten a used car that would take you from point A to B. Buying the Nintendo Switch might’ve been fun, but is Mario Oddysey going to keep a roof over your head or provide you with food? If you don’t need it, dont buy it. If you want to buy it, at the very least think in long term and don’t buy everything you want when you have the money to. Sometimes, it’s just better to wait a longer time because your wants might become cheaper due to a sale or the value simply drops.. Living below your means simply means to be able to do more with less. You should always have something left over to put money away if you’re living below your means. This should be able to start freeing your mind from your employer’s control because the less you need from him or her, the less you will owe them later on. which brings me to the next rule.
Always Save Money
A penny saved truly is a penny earned. This is very true especially in the case of the workplace and the possibility of getting fired from said workplace. You always could go the route of saving enough money to keep a roof over your head when you’re not trying to live a lavish lifestyle. Those who can afford to live a lavish life most likely have money in the right accounts so that they have a layer of protection from belligerent employers. Saving money is a basic principle that would most likely be told to someone when they were growing up. If you saved your money after working for an employer for several years and you knew you had enough to get by for five years without ever having to work a day in your life, would you still be as frightened as you are when living from one check to another? No you wouldn’t, and you know why? It should be obvious that you can get away from disaster with a safety net and pursue passions by saving your money. It makes life easier to know you have a way to leave with as few conflicts possible and still keep a roof over your head. Saving money is the most basic principle for keeping other people from being able to control you. If you are an impulsive shopper who doesnt know how to hold on to even a small amount of money, all you’re doing is making yourself a rpisoner for your employer because your next paycheck is all you will live for. Impulsive shoppers who don’t know how to hold off desires are never rich no matter how much money they make because they throw all their money away due to a lack of impulse control. All they do is make someone else who has control of such impulses richer. If you have five dollars, put one away. Any money you make or check you get needs to have some money to put away so that you have that layer of protection ready for when you can no longer deal with an employer on a mean streak and that’s your only source of income. The last part of that sentence leads up to the third and final rule for taking away an employer’s power over you.
Try To Generate More than One Stream of Income
Not everyone can do this, but if you can, try to either have more than one job. If you can’t work more than one job, then at least have a side hustle. Having more than one job takes away your dependency on any one employer because if one paycheck doesn’t work out, you have one or even two more sources of income coming in. Most entrepeneurs have more than one source of income flowing into their bank accounts in case one of their ventures fails miserably. It’s much harder than people think, but may not be so hard for those who are hungry enough. If you can get more than one flow of income in your bank account, your employer’s power seems miniscule considering you can always go to your plan B to become your primary source of income if it makes enough.
In conclusion, while there are multiple ways to reduce an employer’s power over an employee, these three steps can generally help anyone to restrain their employer’s ability to manipulate an individual’s actions in the workplace. Individual freedom should be among the most cherished desires a man or woman can have. Reducing someone’s power over them is empowering for numerous reasons and if one can use the common sense in the three basic principles of taking the employer’s power over an employee, they will see that their employer is a person like the employee who works for them. If one can eliminate the employer’s ability to manipulate them, they have reached one more step to personal freedom. Life is far too short to let someone else determine an indivdual’s life actions. An employer is no different.